Street Life: Your guide to Dale Street
Liverpool has changed a lot in the last 15 years. Now, almost every street in the city centre is packed with great bars, shops and places to eat. So much so it’s difficult to keep track of what is going on where. In this regular feature THE GUIDE focuses in on a street in our great city and tells you a little about where to go, hidden gems to look out for and some history. This time, we look at DALE STREET.
Dale Street is situated in what is considered Liverpool’s business district. It runs from Town Hall, where it meets Castle Street down to the roundabout at the entrance to the Mersey Tunnel. Parallel to Dale Street is Victoria Street to one side and Tithebarn to the other. As well as the Town Hall which is used for events and functions and has the Lord Mayor’s office inside, there is also the beautiful Municipal Buildings on Dale Street – the place you go to register to vote and other mundane things. Legend has it that Adolf Hitler lived here before the First World War staying with his half-brother as he dodged the draft and ran a restaurant.
For a bev.
Despite it being the home of lots of serious business types, Dale Street is not short of decent watering holes perfect for an after-work bev. At one end is the marvellous Ship And Mitre, one of the city’s best real ale pubs. The Ship frequently has great beer festivals on and always has plenty of fantastic guest ales. However, it does often get very busy in there – deservedly so – but don’t worry because next door The Excelsior also has a lovely atmosphere and a good selection of drinks. At the other end of Dale Street there’s another couple of great old school drinking joints. Thomas Rigby’s and Lady Of Mann sit at either side of a courtyard which is fantastic in the summer time.
A bite to eat.
Dale Street is home to one of the best cafes in Liverpool, Moose Coffee (which has a new sister restaurant open on Hope Street – Moose and Moonshine) not only has the most delicious coffee but their breakfasts are nothing short of amazing. Bringing authentic American and Tex Mex breakfasts this side of The Pond, Moose serve hearty treats like huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. Relatively new to the Dale Street culinary scene is Delkery a deli/eatery selling the best in fresh produce – definitely worth a try for your lunch or even a treat for when you’re cooking at home.
The Fat Budgie is a cosy restaurant halfway down Dale Street (on the same side as the Municipal Building) – it’s a great place for a date or casual dinner. It’s very much off many people’s radars at the moment so get there while it’s still relatively easy to book a table!